The Constitutional Court plenum has chosen Zaza Tavadze to be the new chairman of the court. Tavadze was elected with five votes, whilst the other candidate Irine Imerlishvili received only three. Imerlishvili’s candidacy was proposed by Maia Kopaleishvili and Giorgi Kverenchkhiladze, however it is unknown who put forward Zaza Tavadze’s name.
The law requires that at least three people nominate a single candidate. The Constitutional Court has eight judges, and a ninth is to be selected by the new parliament.
The term of former chairman of the constitutional court, Giorgi Papuashvili expired on September 30th. The Constitutional Court has been at the center of a number of ongoing, high-profile cases over the past year, such as Gigi Ugulava’s trial, the Cables Case and the Rustavi 2 dispute. The international community, diplomatic representatives, and civil society groups have continuously urged the Court to make decisions based on law and not as a result of political pressure.